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    Off road Teardrop

    Got sick of sweating my ring out in a swag so thought I would buy a little teardrop camper that has aircon
    and see if I can make it survive the camping that I do.

    Picked it up yesterday and towed it 300km home, it is so light that it made no difference to the wrangler. It
    is supposed to weigh 355kg and I think that would be pretty close.

    Plan is to staple it to a stronger chassis with real suspension, add a water tank etc and then go camping in A/C luxury.

    Hopefully it works out so I can use it for work bush trips as well.
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    Looking forward to seeing how this develops.


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    Awesome. Keen to see how this pans out.

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    Now you can find gold in luxury nice work.

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    How does the A/C run without mains 240v? or do you need to run a geni all night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psi999 View Post
    How does the A/C run without mains 240v? or do you need to run a geni all night?
    Yeah mate need a 2kva or bigger generator

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    Wrangler and Grand are solid car choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyHusseinXF View Post
    Wrangler and Grand are solid car choices.
    I am forced to drive a landcruiser for work so I want my personal cars to be nice/fun/interesting to drive.

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    Mate this is cool. What's it worth approx?
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    Quote Originally Posted by I'm DJ! View Post
    Mate this is cool. What's it worth approx?
    They are about $9500 new with no extras, the original owner payed $15000 for this in 2016 and I payed $8000.


    Work is stopping me from playing but I got a chance to have a bit of a look today. Plan is to build a basic chassis
    out of 75x50x2 the same size as the rails that support the existing suspension and to cut off all the bits stuck to the chassis like suspension, drawbar etc and then weld the
    existing chassis to the new one.

    Will reuse the axle as it has Al-KO 10” drums in ford stud pattern and fit 3 leaf eye-eye springs and skinny 15” rims with trailer tyres.

    Haven’t decided what hitch to use yet, was going to use a poly block but the one on my rubbish trailer has perished and cracked after only 4 years.

    Also picked up a 100L water tank and a pump big enough to run a shower that I will stick in front of the axle to
    try and put some weight on the draw bar as currently there wouldn’t be 5kg due to the A/C being at the back of the teardrop.
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    Nice was looking at these a while back but ended up with a 16ft jayco poptop van.



    Have found these I am thinking of using

    https://www.mchitch.com.au/_p/prd1/3...omatic-coupler.

    Dunno if on your list but I reckon these might be worth a look

    https://www.caravansplus.com.au/alko...ir-p-1159.html

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    VC’s DO35 is meant to be very good. I know the engineering team there and they are very thorough

    http://www.vehiclecomponents.com.au/...35-v3-coupling

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    I swapped out my poly block for a do35 and have never looked back. Brilliant coupling that is easy to use, just make sure your jockey wheel will go high enough to lift it over the male coupling on the vehicle
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    Spent the week in Darwin for work so got nothing done except bought a 24” TV DVD thingo
    and while I was away my elcheapo eBay generator turned up.

    Thinking that I will stick to a poly block hitch as all my other trailers have them so no need to swap receivers etc
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    Going to order the RHS for the chassis tomorrow, what are people’s thoughts on drawbar length?

    I am thinking about this long but only because it looks about right.

    Also scored a pretty neat drawbar box to store generator, battery etc
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    How much weight is that box (loaded) gunna put on the ball ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    How much weight is that box (loaded) gunna put on the ball ?
    At the moment there is precisely 0kg on the towball and I would like to end up with at least 80kg. Water tank will be in
    front of the axle as well.

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    Try and keep it light on the ball for a Wrangler, REALLY light if you can work out a way to keep the mass centred.
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    Will that box get awfully close to the spare wheel if you drop into a gully offroad?

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    Gats, he's extending draw bar length.

    Shep, does look right but I have even less to go on then you.

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    Ah don't mind me. I thought that was the final mocked up position of the hitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyHusseinXF View Post
    Try and keep it light on the ball for a Wrangler, REALLY light if you can work out a way to keep the mass centred.
    My other camper tows real well with the wrangler and it is 120kg towball weight empty so loaded would be more like 150kg.

    Even though it is a couple 100kg over max tow weight the car handles it very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shep View Post
    My other camper tows real well with the wrangler and it is 120kg towball weight empty so loaded would be more like 150kg.

    Even though it is a couple 100kg over max tow weight the car handles it very well.
    Still can’t work out how a Jimny has a higher tow rating than a SWB wrangler...


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    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
    Jimmy tow rating was different in Qld and the rest of AUS due to different importing companies.

    Anyway a longer draw bar will be smoother to tow and better to reverse, but make it strong if you are putting a genset on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awdmoke View Post
    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
    Jimmy tow rating was different in Qld and the rest of AUS due to different importing companies.

    Anyway a longer draw bar will be smoother to tow and better to reverse, but make it strong if you are putting a genset on it.
    Not sure what QLD has got to do with anything and towing overweight will never be a issue for me because I live in the middle of nowhere.
    What I want is aircon and fuel range when I do desert trips.

    I have a long drawbar on my box trailer and it sucks to reverse as it takes ages to turn so I think I made it to long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukevl View Post
    VC’s DO35 is meant to be very good. I know the engineering team there and they are very thorough

    http://www.vehiclecomponents.com.au/...35-v3-coupling
    Interdasting. Well enough to hook up a good deal? Hate the shitfight hitch on my camper and one of these would be ace.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shep View Post
    Going to order the RHS for the chassis tomorrow, what are people’s thoughts on drawbar length?

    I am thinking about this long but only because it looks about right.

    Also scored a pretty neat drawbar box to store generator, battery etc
    Box is excellent and again exactly what I'm chasing for mine. Is that a Tradetools or B&R box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post



    Box is excellent and again exactly what I'm chasing for mine. Is that a Tradetools or B&R box?
    This is all that is on the box. It is possibly made in the NT as it was cheaper then the freight on a box from the east coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awdmoke View Post
    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
    Jimmy tow rating was different in Qld and the rest of AUS due to different importing companies.

    it.
    The Jimnys is still not great, but where it should be. I was more referring to the fact the SWB wranglers tow rating is ridiculously low. A SWB wrangler will tow a LOT better than a Jimny, however legally you can tow less.


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    Still waiting for the springs to turn up, hopefully be here for the weekend as I have some spare time to get stuck in.

    Ended up with 200x50x2 for the chassis and a eBay special poly block hitch.
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